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we've got the future covered. a multi-billion dollar handshake for two of the world's biggest emerging powerhouses bringing russia and china closer together. coming to terms on the cost remains the final step in russia and china securing a multi billion dollar energy deal. no place for colonel gadhafi in libya future that's the message from russia's peace mediator after meeting a loyalist officials here in tripoli to broker a peace so more to join memory from the libyan capital in just a few moments. the lawyers for alleged international vick to boot are prepared to challenge a new york court on the legality of his extradition to america. international
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news and comment live from our studios here in central moscow this is t. two of the world's biggest emerging countries got a bit closer today as russia and china energise their relations hoping to do much more business together to go shooting a thirty year gas deal is another reason why the chinese leader is in the capital is to help feed beijing's growing economy and secure billions of dollars for russia . is outside gazprom headquarters here in the russian capital where the talks took place. this is a potentially must if agreement which would see russia provide gas to china for thirty years prime minister vladimir putin and representatives from gazprom welcomed president hu jintao and a delegation from the chinese state energy provider his headquarters to try and
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what's essentially the final wrinkle in the deal now that final wrinkle is the price just how much russia will charge china for providing them with tons of of natural gas over. a year period now russia saying that they want three hundred sixty dollars thousand cubic meters now that's the market rate such the rate that russia charges europe for their gas china are saying they're looking for a discount they want to they don't want to pay that much for this gas by no stretch of imagination is this deal going to be dead in the water over price is just too important to both sides this is a mutually beneficial deal russia wants to sell china or the gas over the thirty year period because they're going to make a lot of money out of selling like us china at once the gas because they need to fuel the essentially race car that is their economy and they need gas in order to provide that race car with fuel talks will continue as they strive to get overcome what she is the last hurdle in the agreement as president who met with president
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medvedev the iran they put pen to paper on some very lucrative deals trade between china and russia already at an all time high in valuation they've signed an agreement that means by twenty fifteen the deals done between the two countries will be worth one hundred billion dollars now they also signed an agreement that says by twenty twenty that will be worth two hundred billion dollars so in less than ten years' time a huge amounts of commerce going to be carried out between russia and china now it wasn't just all down to business in signing deals over trade there was also the wider world being discussed as the two presidents met both president hu and president medvedev of. reiterated previous statements they've made concerning the ongoing situation in libya saying that. everybody involved in what's involved in that conflict in the north african country must adhere to the united nations resolutions that were passed and should not straight from the parameters of those
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resolutions. peter one of the reporting from moscow and energy analyst julian lead told me earlier here in r.t. it's about time russia and china became bigger partners because they have much in common. china ought to be a hugely important trade partner for russia both in energy terms ending in general trade these are two countries that for many decades shared a political ideology that leads to some extent they share the longest land border in the world they ought to be much much greater partners than they are now if we look ahead russia is extremely keen to develop its oil and gas resources in the east of the country exporting those anywhere other than asia just doesn't make logistical or economic sense so really this is about russia spreading its wings everybody who can export anything is looking at the asian market because that's
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where the growth is i mean this is a. this is a very sensible and understandable move on the part of both countries. didn't lead talking a little earlier from london coming up this hour for you here on our t.v. russian business model being lined up for jail not justice extradited vick to boot prepares to appear in court his defense accuses politicians of twisting the jury's arms to keep him behind bars. russia's special envoy to libya has held talks with officials in tripoli it's part of an ongoing push by moscow to mediate a peace deal in the country the meeting came amid fresh nato airstrikes and the rebel advance on colonel gadhafi stronghold where if a notion is there for us in any. after meeting with the libyan prime minister and foreign minister here in tripoli russia's peace mediator mic on the together has said it could all face people are actually ready for peace negotiations but this could only happen if. their country recently nato has dramatically intensified its
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matrix we see here in libya just ahead of marvellous first visit to leave as peace mediator to bin ghazi to actually launched the most intensive care race yet since the beginning of the operation in march and today again just ahead of gallup's arrival to tripoli we've been hearing massive bombardment over knowledge this lawless officials has been able to speak to are saying that this must be stopped and only that. could start. tripoli is expecting to see an immediate cease fire before a peace process can begin it's all refusing to discuss the departure of colonel gadhafi from the political scene there is a dialogue going on between the warring sides but for those talks to begin to result tripoli's there's a cease fire must be put in place and the international mediators need to keep regulating the process one thing is clear russia is very welcome as
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a mediator both in tripoli and in benghazi we will keep working together we can no go it has also stressed that russia's role in mediating peace here in libya is very important but the african union and actually all libya's neighbors are also playing . important role in bat and leave there is actually welcome in average what is peace efforts russia has always been concerned about matriculation here in libya most case position has always been clear that a non violent negotiation is the only way out of this crisis of this attracted conflict russia has never supported the u.n. security council resolution which all surprised intervention and russia has repeatedly criticize. and they turn full launching military operation here in libya people actually feel extremely exhausted after months of devastating war which has already taken many many lives and has actually completely destroyed the country's
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infrastructure they're getting more and more angry and they just want to get their life back. or if a national reporting a little earlier from tripoli live to the u.k. now where i can talk to former british ambassador to libya all of our miles thank you very much indeed for joining us here on r.t. how would you assess the russian special envoys efforts to mediate peace in libya. what i think they're very welcome. i think he's got a very difficult task because the moment the two sides are very far apart but i think it's got to be a negotiation and of if russia couldn't come mediate couldn't couldn't find a way to bring the two sides together that would be fine i'm not clear that what russia is doing is very different from what president zuma of south africa has been trying to do or also turkey has been trying to do but why not i think it's good news that russia is trying do the rebels really want to negotiate after all they
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clearly want the nato campaign to continue with the aim of gadhafi a ceasefire for them i suppose wouldn't be what they want what it. well there's no ceasefire on offer as a matter of fact not a real cease far we've had ceased far declarations from from gadhafi before the bombing when the fighting went on if there was a real cease far then that that would be a different matter but that would have to be. notified in advance and it would have to take place that hasn't been in the ceasefire the trouble with the negotiating positions as the moment they seem to be absolutely contradictory on the one side you have the revolutionaries or rebels or whatever work all of them in benghazi who's who's requirement is that gadhafi should go and on the other side you have gadhafi who's requirement is that gadhafi should stay now even. even russia isn't going to be able to find a compromise on that that very easily but a compromise will come one day can you tell us about your experience with gadhafi
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of course you were the ambassador there in libya what do you make of his current behavior. oh. well i wouldn't put too much weight on my personal experience because it was a long time ago and it was quite limited i wasn't very must have a very long because i had to break off relations when the russians murdered a policewoman in london when the going to be in the libyan policeman in london yes . well i think gadhafi is very tough he's been. defending himself against all kinds of attacks over the many years he's been in town of of forty years he's very skilled at protecting himself and he would be an easy it would be easy to persuade him to go but in the end i think is he his support will wither away and he will go and russia i think also as well as the western powers and the arabs has said that he must go that's the only way that a solution will be reached but he's not ready for it yet you can find
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a way to persuade him to go that's great you raise that person and point he's been in power for forty years. and the u.k. is saying that that he's got to go he said that the people the libyan people can determine their own future but the question is since he has been in power for forty years is there really an opposition there is there somebody who could really replace him somebody that can be produced that quickly in such a short amount of time. you know there certainly isn't anyone who could replace him he's he's unique nobody will want to replace him but of course there will be a future after gadhafi naturally as there is in every country there's it's quite common when you have a powerful leader who's been in position for a long time people will say what will happen when he goes you know it was the same with everyone from stalin. that wherever you go in the world you find this phenomenon but there will be a future for libya after gadhafi don't worry you've held talks with libya's foreign minister recently i understand what was your goal there what were you trying to achieve. well those talks were private and i wasn't speaking i wasn't
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telling them on behalf of the british government we were doing i think essentially the same. thing that mr markelov is probably doing now which is to see whether there is a way through what we were told from the libyan side is that gadhafi is ready to give up power but he's not ready to leave libya that won't be enough to satisfy the opposition at the moment it has to be a compromise and as i say if russia can find one that's good i think the south africans have a chance they've tried they've tried to persuade gadhafi to accept some solution or other their legal complications as well as political one south africa solution is slightly different from that of turkey or russia it's worth trying. rather than looking ahead that's look at the present now this nato campaign in libya is aiming to protect civilians but as we heard in that little report a little earlier the bombings are seen parts of the country's infrastructure
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destroyed how much patience do you think the libyan people will have with nato methods. well first of all it's slightly misleading to talk about nato because don't forget that the arab league is also involved we've got qatar and i would be jordan taking part in this operation nato operation the second point to make is that you get a very different account of this depending on who you talk to if you're in tripoli i've no doubt you're told that it's very destructive that people are being killed and so on if you go to big hours or you're told that it was only the intervention of nato and that's the word they used which prevented what they call a mini rwanda in other words a genocide when gadhafi was aiming to destroy the people of benghazi so it's the usual thing you know in a war you get different stories from the troops on it the u.k. has said just fine it's prepared for this campaign to go on there is no time limit it was announced just two or three days ago i know i'm sure asa's question many times in your capacity as a former british ambassador to libya people ask me how long do you see this going
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on for how when and when we need to end. well i think. way it will end is is that gadhafi support will melt away if you think about the way that things are going at the moment we keep hearing small items of news like for example defections of army officers across the border into all the defection of the former governor of the central bank or the former chairman of the national oil corporation and so on this is bad news for gadhafi supporters there isn't any good news so it's not although there's a standoff between the two sides the tendency is in one direction it's sliding in the direction of gadhafi having to go i believe myself that there will be a standoff for some time i hope it won't be very long but it may be quite a long time and then in the end his position will be so weak that he has to go when will that happen i really don't know it's like it's like pulling a cork out of
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a bottle you paul and you pull and you pull and then suddenly pop out it becomes so interesting to hear what you have to say we appreciate your time thank you for joining us live there from oxford all over miles former british ambassador to libya thank you. thank you. other news now al qaeda says it has a new leader and the u.s. has a new fear figurehead of the war here has been lardons deputy and is now heading the terrorist organization and a terrorism expert phil reese's told me a little earlier here on r.t. doesn't matter who leads al qaeda as long as washington uses a perceived terror threat as an excuse for military action. i think the west was. was wrong footed by what was going on in the middle east and i think they're very keen to have a foothold there now certainly al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is one of the most active ideological groups there but the yemeni president ali abdullah saleh who was injured recently he used al-qaeda as an excuse to get funds from the united states
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and then he used those funds against another group in a local dispute and in the same way that i think that the united states can attack you know drone attacks in certain areas and claim that's far and we're going for al qaeda so our influence there shouldn't be question. the case of a russian man the u.s. accuses of being an international arms dealer will be heard in a new york court on thursday been awaiting trial since his arrest over three years ago in thailand as reports his detention raises many questions over the legality of the case. he is the russian citizen america thought relentlessly to adopt victor boot was secretly and swiftly extradited to the u.s. seven months ago and this may be where he stays indefinitely is found guilty on arms smuggling and terrorism related charges fifty years convicted. he's looking at life there's no parole there's no early release in the federal system really the only way in the federal system to get a reduction in your sentence. a significant reduction is if you cooperate with the
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united states government some have argued mr bush needs to be on captain america's team however captain america is being accused of playing dirty and illegally to remove the air cargo business man from thailand according to documents released by wiki leaks all levels of washington top to bottom mounted political pressure against bangkok to gain custody of boot in a us cable dated august thirteenth two thousand and nine us president barack obama was urged to call thailand's prime minister directly about boot the us attorney general and state department were encouraged to call the thai ambassador highlighting the massive drug enforcement administration commitment to thailand and the us ambassador in bangkok urged the thai government to issue a public statement of disappointment at the judge's ruling not to extradite boot america is the world's most powerful nation but it's not more powerful than the
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world unfortunately the way things stand right now they're willing to flaunt every international law to get what they want and that means doing all these illegal things in the case of the mood to extradite him or should say kidnapping who was arrested in bangkok in march two thousand and eight during a u.s. sting operation he was charged with conspiring to sell weapons to colombian fark rebels on two occasions the thai court rejected america's extradition request when an entourage of armed u.s. agents removed him from thailand following a decision of the thai government his extradition was still not legally approved the covert operation was kept secret from russia boots family and his attorney. to transfer victor boot to america was a violation of a very important time merican treaty signed in one nine hundred ninety s. which the political offenders cannot be extradited the case was not finalized and was moved to the us america used various means political. another's outside the
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boundaries of due legal process to get victor boot that means that victor boot is not getting a fair deal to this day tire fishel have not provided official documents explaining the legal grounds behind boats extradition this despite repeated inquiries made by the russian foreign ministry that. we know for sure that all november sixteenth two thousand and turn that the moment a little bit to beat was physically taken out of its own prison his case was being considered by the thai cool to the peals that is why there are no legal grounds for him to face a u.s. court. meantime victor boot remains in a u.s. prison held in solitary confinement his wife doubts her husband will receive a fair trial from the country she says violated international and bilateral laws to get him. that it's clear to everyone that the case has long been moved from the
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sphere of law to politics i think or rather i would love to think that the american court is unbiased but i have strong doubts about it because i think such pressure could be put on anyone including the jury. the country accusing viktor bit of our feeling now finds itself a political arm twisting come october an american jury will decide picked a future to be a political pressure at their side by the u.s. army evidently the arena part nine artsy new york. times on top of the world's other big stories at the moment on the world cup they destroy the strike nigeria's police headquarters in the country's capital leaving at least two people this is report seen bodies at the scene in cars on something a thick plume of smoke into the sky and he said the explosion was caused by a suicide bomb attack on his two blasts at a police station and a church in northeast nigeria a week ago which killed eleven people. have. organization claims it temporarily
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knocked the cia's public web site offline the group known as security also opened a phone line for people to suggest who it should connect to previously targeted major firms which it says work against people's interests and it's down public sites ranging from the us senate to sony pictures it grinds the web pages to a halt by bombarding them with requests to their servers. also this hour the greek prime minister is set to unveil a new cabinet and seek a vote of confidence in parliament the new government is expected to be sworn in on friday and has been pushing for more cuts to secure billions of euros in the second . part angry demonstrations in athens on wednesday people for a petrol bombs and the police responding with tear gas. by the way you have updates on what's happening there in greece on our web site and we're right in the thick of it all in athens at r.t. dot com you can watch our video reports from the most recent angry protests as the
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r.t. news crew feel the force of police tear gas in central athens that's of dot com and also online on the web site of the moment a big step for womankind we mark the day nearly fifty years ago of russian cosmonaut valentino telescope becoming the first woman in space. and of the june moon turn the room up to the world with this display spectacular overnight with the longest and darkest lunar eclipse in a decade and we've got the pictures of t. dot com for you. well the sun doesn't set in st petersburg this week yes it's the time of the famous white nights and neither do business leaders corrina has an update on the economic forum next week.
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hello welcome to our business update is all eyes are on russia's northern capital st petersburg where the annual international economic forum is on the way r.t.s. and that wraps up day one. the word of the day was definitely innovation there were a number of high profile deals that were decided all in that area the first one dow chemical and the skolkovo fund signing a deal in order to create a research and development center in russia very exciting there off and on top of that the us now russian nanotechnology firm signing a deal with some asian partners in order to establish a one hundred million dollar plus fund for technology research and also some very exciting news that's going to help boost innovation and business here in russia we talk with many guests throughout the day there's many more to come so be sure to stay with us among the the people we've talked to we talk with
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a venture capitalist known for his i t investments and he says that he sees strong potential here in russia this is a great time for russia both for the me to. yandex and mailroom but i think also. for companies that are started with real russian technology were russian technology and. can spread to the rest of the world right now most of the big successes are copies of u.s. developments but. i think there's a great future that. energy also something that is on the table here in st petersburg especially in the wake of a post quake japan something that a lot of people are talking about something that's on a lot of minds they say demand for gas could rise by up to fifty percent because of that catastrophe and it's something that has a lot of people talking including the head of the international energy agency who
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says that russia can play an important role in this regard coming to about three point three b.n. cubic meters so production will increase about five point three to leeds. almost fifty people tend to treat that will happen. to five of the five. major producers. and b.p. will continue to provide to the very important sources to china or to be. the pipeline through your office so this is a very interesting time that imagine the market. responds to the current situation now just to give you a sense of the numbers involved in this year's program this is the fifteenth annual st petersburg international economic forum thirty two million dollar budget it's a twelve percent increase over the last two years two thirds of that coming from the sponsors there are many many partners involved here and dozens and dozens of
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companies also involved have all this and plenty more tomorrow when the next day when the conference starts again see you all then. presidential aide says this year's forum is more important than ever for russia as it begins to look east as well as west vestment focus is on russia's energy cooperation with china now its largest trading partner and the two sides are discussing a landmark deal it will enable russia to deliver almost seventy billion cubic meters of gas to beijing within thirty years the price is still sticking point believe an agreement will eventually come because both countries stand to benefit. all groovy market share in china over mena buried up to divorce consumption on. twenty six pm is the two hundred sixty four billion cubic meters of trying is goes beyond callback to wear on the hundred cubic meters today next five years believed to be accurate of the gas construction of germany on the right if you don't buy roughly on the other hand russia has
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a very large undeveloped gas resources in the eastern part of the country so all the facial feed to china know has to be increasing demand. has large resources they need siberia already to be developed so this is the beauty seems to be able to beat . it does take a look at how the markets are performing all prices for gaming's like you have to say the loss of more than four percent overnight the biggest one day drop in a month was spurred on by a spike in the west don't have to zero as greece's debt troubles appear to be worsening now as goes over to the u.s. with stocks paired against the trading make is makes this our home depot rose two point three percent following the housing report to most of the thirty stocks that make up the dow jones industrial average. and stocks in europe market european stock markets fell thursday with some banks bearing the brunt of concerns over a possible default of greek debt resources as of a euro decline as growth worries also hung over the markets the footsie at
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a point seven percent lower weight by oil majors was down just a notch b.p.'s. royal dutch shell both dropped one point six percent among the miners rio tinto one point six an anglo-american slid two and a half percent and russia stocks dropped to the lowest closing price in more than a week on concerns about the greek debt crisis most energy majors were among the main losers as all dropped at the most a month. fell one and a half percent banking stocks were also lower would spare bank sliding one point two percent. that's all for me of the business team here on our team join us tomorrow with more stories.